If this is the first time you are using Windows 7 Media Center, you should take time to go through the setup process and configure it for optimal use. Often it is tempting to skip detailed setup in favor of using the program as quickly as possible. By setting up Windows 7 Media Center properly the first time, you ensure the best experience while using the program. In this guide, I’ll walk through the setup process and explain what each step does and how to configure it to your needs.
This guide is from the Windows Media Center Customization Series. Learn more about Media Center and find more customizations here.
Note: This guide is written for Windows 7 Media Center.
The first time you run Windows 7 Media Center, you’ll see a welcome screen–click Continue.
As mentioned above, this guide focuses on a custom Windows 7 Media Center setup. So, let’s begin: click Custom.
There are three components to be set up: display, audio, and media.
Optimize how Windows Media Center Looks
Click Optimize how Windows Media Center looks on my display and click Next.
Set Up Your Speakers
To set up your speakers, finish configuring your display (from the steps above), click Set up my speakers and click Next.
Tell Windows 7 Media Center which speaker setup you have and click Next.
If you didn’t hear sound, you can troubleshoot the problem.
Follow each step until you find the problem.
You’re done; your speakers are configured to work with Windows 7 Media Center.
Set up Media
To configure your media libraries in Windows 7 Media Center, follow the steps above to set up your speakers and, when you’re done, click Setup my media libraries. Click Next.
You’ll need to configure each media library; pick a media type and click Next.
Add specific folders to the library.
Indicate the location of your folders.
And select the folders that contain your music. Windows 7 Media Center will detect which folders should contain music so double check these.
If you have network folders setup, you can add those too:
Pick the computer name and find the music folders.
Once you’re done selecting music, click Next.
Once you’ve added all types of media, you can click I finish and you are done.
Congratulations, Windows 7 Media Center he set up for your needs and ready for action.